Guide to Submitting an Episodic to the 2020 SXSW Film Festival

Submissions for the 2020 SXSW Film Festival are now closed.

If you are submitting an Episodic to SXSW, please triple check that your submission meets our requirements below. Don't forget to take a look at our Film Submissions page for additional deadlines and fees.

Episodic Submission Guidelines

  • The Episodic application is for a Pilot or First Season content (including the pilot) of your Episodic project.

  • If your Episodic project HAS NOT screened in Austin, Texas you are eligible to submit to SXSW. Learn more information about premiere status and eligibility here.

  • Your project must have been completed in 2018, 2019 or be on track for completion in early 2020.

  • SXSW does not accept trailers or rough assemblies, but will accept work-in-progress cuts (picture lock with temp sound, color, etc.) Please be aware SXSW will not screen multiple updates/versions of your film for programming consideration.

  • Please submit your application when you are ready to send your Episodic project in the most complete and finished form possible, as we will only watch the first cut submitted.

  • All Episodics must be submitted via a secure URL link. Please note, if you change this link or any of your login information prior to March 2020 without contacting SXSW your film may become ineligible for consideration.

  • For specific questions about submitting your episodic, look no further than our Film Submissions FAQ. Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to email

  • Once you have submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from SXSW within 48 hours. This email will confirm that your film has been submitted correctly. If you do not receive this email within 48 hours, you should follow up by email ( to ensure your film has been submitted properly and is under consideration.

  • All applicants will be informed of the status of their project no later than Friday, February 7, 2020.

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